More stylish, more standard features, and more attitude.
After making its world debut at New York last spring, the redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima will go on sale this week at dealerships across the US. Today, Nissan has announced official pricing for its sixth-generation mid-size family sedan and pleasantly enough, there’s only a $490 increase over the outgoing model. The 2019 Altima S will start at $23,750, not including the $895 destination and handling fee. For that amount of your hard-earned money, you’ll get a stylish sedan that includes standard features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 8.0-inch color display, automatic emergency braking, intelligent forward collision warning, and rear door alert.
The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 9 hp and 3 lb-ft over last year. The upgraded base engine is also quieter and more fuel efficient. Power is sent to the front wheels through a CVT and all-wheel drive is optional for an extra $1,350. The same trims as last year also return beginning with Altima S, followed by SR, SV, and SL. All can be had in FWD or AWD. For 2019, however, there’s the Altima Platinum, SR Turbo, and Edition One. The SR and Platinum Turbo trims come powered by the new 2.0-liter VC-turbo rated at 248 hp and 280 lb-ft. It should be noted that this optional engine, which replaces last year’s 3.5-liter V6, is FWD only.
For 2019, there’s the Edition One, which is based on the Platinum VC Turbo. Offered in limited numbers, its main highlight is Nissan’s first-ever concierge service.
Other new Altima highlights include optional 19-inch wheels and Nissan Safety Shield 360, a technology suite featuring automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, radar-based blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and high beam assist. Buyers can choose from nine exterior paint colors.
And speaking of the exterior, this is without question the most stylish Altima to date. Not everyone will love its bold front end styling, but it’s great to see an automaker take a design chance with what could easily be written off as a typical family sedan. Remember, Nissan wants to make America fall in love with the sedan again, and moving upmarket inside and out was essential.